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Android Database Programming: 4 by [Wei, Jason]
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About the Author

Jason Wei graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a B.S. in Mathematical Computational Science, a minor in Statistics, and an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering with a concentration in Machine Learning. He spent his first two years in college with startups in Silicon Valley, and it was at his second startup (BillShrink, Inc) that he was introduced to Android. Since then he has developed a handful of applications ranging from silly screen prank applications to serious financial pricing and modeling tools. He also enjoys working with APIs and competing in application development contests - winning a number of contests hosted by companies like Google, MyGengo, IndexTank, amongst others. In addition to developing applications, Jason enjoys writing Android tutorials and sharing his own development experiences on his blog (thinkandroid.wordpress.com), and it was through his blog that he was first invited to be a technical reviewer for the book Learning Android Game Programming. Jason is currently working as a quantitative trader in New York.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3537 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088NGY9C
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #953,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is addressed to programmers who are supposed to get better understainding of how to use SQL and SQLite in Android applications. You will read few interesting things here, however, if you are not aware of SQLite, if you have never developed Android applications, and you have never worked with Apache Tomcat and Servlets you will be lost. That's a fact. In my opionion this book is addressed to people who already know SQL, have developed for Android and want to combine both topics. There are few drawbacks in the book (at least from my point of view). First of all, introduction to SQL is to shallow. If you are not aware of SQL at all, it will not help you to understand the ods and end of SQL. Another thing that really cough my attention where programming practices that couldn't be called proper ones. First one is related to the upgrade of databases in mobile application. I know this is just an example, but implying that you can remove all the data during upgrade is not a good pattern to follow. Another thing are the helper classes for the SQL access. In my opinion, teaching people to put everything in one place is not quite didactic.

I think this is a good sign that book like this appears on the market. It tries to synthesise various areas: SQLite, Servlets, SQL, Java and Androind in one place, however it seems to be too short and too condense to give 100% satisfaction to readers.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a well written piece of literature although I would have expected the book to be a little more focused. Coming from a database background a lot of this information was things that apply to all SQL DB's. The sections that cover android programming are put together with a specific use in mind. This book will give you a good overview of the options available to you for android, but only an introduction to the details. The case studies do give you a good idea of when to use which storage option.
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I started to read Android Database Programming over the week-end.

My first impressions:

You absolutly need to have prior exposure to Android, Java and SQL before reading this book. This is not a beginner's book.

The book is clear and concise and written in a no nonsense style. Right in chapter one, we already dig into some code. Be ready to read code. I liked what I have read so far.
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This book is perfect if you know how to develop for Android but would like information on SQLite databases. It will only teach you the basics of SQLite and is not suitable if you want to create complex database systems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Android Database Programming (Impressions) 31 Aug. 2012
By Carmichael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
TOC shows a solid and sensible progression but was suprised to see mention of the GAE and Servlets. I can see why this is at the end but could question whether a typical Android db user would find value in having 2 chapters on, what is essentially, non-Android databases - it's good, but beyond the impression the book title gives.

I'm an experienced Android developer. When I saw the SharedPrefences code right on page 2 of the first chapter I was suprised there had been no gentle lead up to the context (i.e. what an Activity is) or a stronger mention prior to this that this book is NOT for Android beginners. I went back and checked the "what you need for this book" and "who this book is for" sections, and yes, it's there, but a simple statement somewhere along these lines would prevent beginners getting frustrated and disappointed. However, for those who have done even light Android work before, the tone is spot on.

Android has evolved since its launch, and many of the old-school techniques are outdated. This book is bang up to date in that respect, showing the current best practice methods throughout. The writing style is very concise and readable whilst being brisk and to the point.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid First Impressions 31 Aug. 2012
By Rick Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this eBook for the "One Day Review Challenge", so I haven't had time to read the entire book yet.

The book states the target audience as "experienced developers new to mobile database development". Thankfully, there's no "Hello World" here but instead gets right in to the details of data storage. It's not just about databases either, topics range from SharedPreferences, to file storage and SQLite.

In contrast, one book I recently read presented the basics of SQLite in one (long) chapter, whereas, this is an entire book devoted to the same concepts. I got the basics there, but I'm happy to get in to more detail with this book. As mentioned in the Table of Contents, this book even covers working with external (web) resources.
One aspect of this book I really like is the authors attempt to explain the use of the concepts presented. Various chapters have "Common Use" or "Putting it together" sections to give ideas on the best use for the ideas presented, not just the dry details of how to do it. I wish more authors did this.

Overall, the book has a nice clean layout and I haven't seen any glaring typos. If you're looking for the details of data storage, not limited to SQLite, on the Android, I'd say it's worth picking up.

Update: After finishing the book, I can still give a 4/5 stars. As mentioned before, it's not limited to SQLite so it gives a good overview of options available on Android. I recommend this book for developers new to Android.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book about Android database programming 20 Aug. 2012
By Etienne Savard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I started to read Android Database Programming over the week-end.

My first impressions:

You absolutly need to have prior exposure to Android, Java and SQL before reading this book. This is not a beginner's book.

The book is clear and concise and written in a no nonsense style. Right in chapter one, we already dig into some code. Be ready to read code. I liked what I have read so far.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid book 14 Sept. 2012
By hnren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I like what I read so far, this is a solid book with very strong technical background. You need some knowledge to understand the book, it's certainly not for beginners. If you are looking to sharpen your skills, this is the book for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New to Android - old hand at C# and SQL 13 Aug. 2013
By Gevalia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book covers files (internal and external storage), shared preferences, and SQL Lite. This books title should have been "Android Data Storage and Retrieval" because SQL Lite coverage is not a major aspect nor the other DB's that are briefly discussed. Coverage of SQL Lite for an Android beginner will get you there but it's light in details on performance beyond simply timing sql statements against the same functionality in Java. Why would you show me a few different ways of querying the DB and not show me metrics of each when you're showing me a metric of using aggregate functions in the sql statement versus doing it in Java code? Also the book states that foreign keys are not allowed but the sqlite.org web site says they are so this may be a version issue.

One MAJOR ISSUE I have with the kindle version is that there is no TOC on the left in the PC kindle version. I really hate this and there are many people that do as well. It seems to be a crap shoot with kindle books these days.
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